Arizona Cardinals will be careful with Kyler Murray

Kliff Kingsbury prefers to have his quarterback healthy by the end of the season and heading into the playoffs, than to hasten his return

TEMPE, Ariz. – With the sprained left ankle of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray entering his sixth week, the coach Kliff kingsbury noted Friday that his status for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears will be a last-minute decision, partly because of strategy and partly because the memory of last year’s nosedive in the last nine games is still fresh. in memory of Kingsbury.

Murray “has done better this week,” reported Kingsbury, adding that he hopes Murray feels good on Sunday and “is ready to roll.” Murray He hasn’t played since spraining his ankle in the final moments of their Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

But be too cautious with Murray It has been the plan from the beginning.

“Obviously there is something of a cat and mouse in this sport, but I mean, with a player like him, in the position we are in, we were going to be too cautious all this time,” he agreed. Kingsbury. “And we still are, so we want to make sure that when we get him back, he’s playing at a high level and doesn’t re-injure himself to the point where we lose him for a considerable amount of time.”

Arizona heads to the Week 13 with a 9-2 record, the best in the NFL, and he’s seeded No. 1 in the NFC and No. 1 in the NFC West.

The nosedive at the end of the season last year, when Arizona went 3-6 after starting at 5-2, in part due to multiple injuries to Murray, has also influenced that Kingsbury be ultra cautious.

“I think we want to finish the right way this season and we didn’t do it last year,” recalled Kingsbury. “We are just trying to be smart about it.”

Kingsbury was not surprised by how long it took Murray’s ankle to heal because ankle sprains are “complicated. Everybody knows it.”

Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has also been out for five weeks with a hamstring injury, will test their respective injuries before Sunday’s game at Soldier Field. Then a decision will be made.

Hopkins He was not on the field for the open-to-media portion of Friday’s practice after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We are just being smart,” he emphasized. Kingsbury. “We want to make sure he feels really good for the final stretch, so we’ll see how he progresses, we’ll race him on Sunday and see if he can go.”

Hopkins He said having the last two weeks off due to the break helped him “a lot.”

“Rest is key,” he stressed.

Hopkins, who had missed two games in his entire career before missing the last three, doesn’t think he’s rusty when he returns, and he’s not worried about his hamstring kicking back when he’s racing at full throttle.

“I know what I can do when I’m healthy,” he confided. “So, I’ll go out there and do my best to help this team win.”